Phormium, New Zealand Flax

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New Zealand flax is a beautiful plant with a generous and colorful tuft.

Ideal in pots on a terrace we like it also in a sunny garden.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name: Phormium
Family: Agavaceae
Type: Perennial

Height
: 2 m
Exposure: Sunny
Ground: Well drained

Foliage
: Persistent
Flowering: June to August

Plantation of New Zealand flax:

New Zealand flax is planting ideally in the spring in a sunny place.

Her low hardiness it will be difficult to resist the negative temperatures (maximum -6°) so it will be necessary to grow it in pots and put it in the shelter in winter.

  • Potted you will use only potting soil
  • In the ground you will make a mixture of soil + soil of the garden
  • In any case, soil must be well drained
  • Multiplication by division after flowering in autumn.

Size, maintenance of New Zealand flax:

After flowering, remove the flower stalks by cutting to the shortest.

  • Only remove leaves when they are faded.
  • Protect the foot in winter with a good mulch of dried leaves
  • If it is in a pot, take it away from frost but not in a heated room

Watering of New Zealand flax:

Phormium needs to be watered when the soil is dry between 2 waterings, especially during a pot culture.

In the ground, water generously when it is hot and especially during the first 2 years.

To know about New Zealand flax:

Beautiful tuft, New Zealand flax is a very pretty perennial at the bushy port which particularly adapts to the potted culture on your terrace or balcony, especially if the winter is cold.

Its foliage takes, depending on the variety, purple, bronze, green and sometimes striped hues.

As the name suggests, this plant is from New Zealand. It is found much in the thickets and swamps of New Zealand.

New Zealand flax was very used (and still now) by Maori for many uses such as making baskets or clothes. Its roots even have disinfecting properties

Smart tip about New Zealand flax:

A mineral mulching highlights this vivace with varied colors.

Video: How to harvest & clean your NZFlax (Phormium) Bush.

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